Seven in 10 Americans say Obamacare Will Factor in How They Vote for the U.S. House This Fall

Americans More Likely to Vote Republican

Jul 02, 2014, 08:00 ET from Bankrate, Inc.

NEW YORK, July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly seven in 10 Americans (68%) say Obamacare will play a role in deciding how they vote in the U.S. House elections this fall, according to a new (NYSE: RATE) report. Of the 68% that say Obamacare will factor into their voting decisions, 32% of Americans say they will be more likely to vote Republican and 26% say they are more likely to vote Democrat.

"Perhaps surprisingly, these results indicate that the messy launch of Obamacare won't be as detrimental for Democrats or as much of a slam-dunk for Republicans in future elections as some analysts previously suggested," said insurance analyst Doug Whiteman.

After the new Congress starts in January 2015, over half of Americans (52%) would like to see them make minor or major changes to the Affordable Care Act. And thirty percent of Americans want the new Congress to repeal Obamacare completely, for a total of 82% who want to change the law in some fashion. Only 12% of Americans want to keep the law exactly as it is now.

More Americans than ever are saying that their health insurance situation is better now than one year ago. In fact, the amount of Americans that indicated improved health insurance situations doubled from August 2013 (when the monthly Health Insurance Pulse surveys began) to June 2014.

"While most Americans don't see Obamacare as a perfect solution, more are willing to accept it if a few changes are made," according to Whiteman. "The fact that more Americans are saying their health insurance situation has improved, and fewer want to repeal the law than when we last asked in April, signals a positive turning point for the Affordable Care Act."

Additional Findings:

  • 1-in-4 registered independents who identified Obamacare as an election issue say they are likely to vote Republican in the upcoming fall elections, while only 1-in-8 is inclined to vote Democrat.
  • 18-29 year olds want Congress to make changes to Obamacare more than any other age group.
  • Americans with annual household incomes of $50,000+ are the most likely to say that Obamacare will play a factor in their voting decisions in the fall.

The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) and can be seen in its entirety here:

PSRAI obtained telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of 1,003 adults living in the continental United States. Interviews were conducted by landline (501) and cell phone (502, including 277 without a landline phone) in English and Spanish by Princeton Data Source from June 19-22, 2014. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

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